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Night Blooming Jessamine

Cestrum nocturnum

Pronunciation: SES-trum nok-TER-num
SKU #02360
9-11

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OVERVIEW
Description An intoxicating tropical shrub with dense, glossy green foliage and clusters of small greenish white flowers that are not particularly showy, but have a superbly sweet fragrance on warm summer evenings. Works well as a screen or divider. Place near outdoor living spaces where the fragrance can best be enjoyed. A frost-tender evergreen.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Waterwise, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
Flower Attributes Fragrant
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Espalier, Hedge, Privacy Screen
Design Ideas This fine tropical shrub is a special night garden plant for hot zone gardens. Makes a fine evergreen natural hedge that works well as a visual screen or background. Plant as a single, specimen to enjoy its fragrance blossoms close up. Adapts well to containers on porch, patio and terrace. Small white ornamental berries will attract birds to the garden.
Flower Color Green
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Lantana (Lantana); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
CARE
Care Prefers light, sandy, well-drained soils with room for roots to spread. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Feed in early spring. Prune annually after bloom period. Protect from frost; may be overwintered indoors in colder zones.
HISTORY
Lore Night blooming tropical plants often lack color because it is useless when there is no sun. Fragrance is what draws pollinators, often moths, bats or other night flying nectar feeders.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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